Brow Lift Beverly Hills
REJUVENATING YOUR FEATURES FOR A YOUTHFUL GLOW
Many patients are uncomfortable with how these forehead crease lines impact their overall appearance. And, many choose to do something about it. A popular procedure for this is a brow lift surgery in Beverly Hills. You might have also heard of this procedure being known as a forehead lift.
Inevitably, frown lines appear across the surface of the forehead. These lines are caused by:
- Natural aging process
- Sun exposure
- Environmental factors
- Repetitive motions (squinting or raising your eyebrows)
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joubin Gabbay combines a high level of surgical experience and a commitment to staying up-to-date with the absolute latest in surgical technology. Together, these make him an ideal choice for patients desiring a brow lift surgery.
What is a Brow Lift About?
Patients elect to undergo a brow lift for several reasons. These include:
- Age-related changes to the upper part of the face
- Congenital or acquired brow ptosis (sagging, drooping)
- Sun exposure damage.
In most cases, a brow lift is performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of the upper face and brow. It can lend you a younger, rejuvenated appearance. However, patients with a vision defect will benefit from a brow lift as well if it is performed with upper eyelid blepharoplasty.
The Latest Techniques for Natural, Beautiful Results
A brow lift today is a very different procedure than it was in the past. Older techniques required long incisions, often resulting in hair loss and permanent numbness. Occasionally, these earlier brow lift surgeries left patients with unnatural results. Such outcomes were described as a “perpetually surprised look.”
Thanks to modern surgical advances, Dr. Gabbay can now offer patients improved brow lifts. His techniques use several very small incisions, completely hidden behind the hairline.
He prides himself on delivering natural results. With each step, he will consult with you to determine the type of brow lift that best achieves your aesthetic goals.
Am I a Brow Lift Candidate?
Good candidates for a brow lift include men and women seeking to address the following:
- Deep horizontal forehead creases
- An angry or tired appearance resulting from sagging eyebrows
- Frown lines between the eyebrows and the top of the nose
A brow lift is commonly performed on patients between 40 and 60 years of age. However, the procedure can also help younger adults who have developed premature furrows or frown lines.
A personal consultation with Dr. Gabbay is an excellent first step. By coming in for a consultation, you are taking charge of your appearance. Each personal meeting involves:
- Assessing your physical health
- Checking your emotional wellbeing
- Discussing your goals and expectations
- Addressing questions or concerns
- Checking past and present medical conditions
- Notifying him of current medications
The next step is a physical examination to see how you could benefit from a forehead lift. Dr. Gabbay will assess:
- Bone structure
- Underlying facial tissue
- Skin traits and characteristics
- Contours of your brow
- Muscle activity in your forehead and eye area
- Hairline position
After conducting his thorough initial evaluation, Dr. Gabbay will discuss whether a brow lift is an appropriate choice. Even if it is not, he will suggest additional or alternative procedures. Our goal is to ensure that your surgical goals are fulfilled.
Some patients at Gabbay Plastic Surgery choose to combine their brow lift with eyelid surgery to address the drooping of their upper eyelids. Others combine their brow lift with a full facelift to achieve a complete facial rejuvenation.
THE BROW LIFT PROCEDURE
A forehead lift is usually performed in an outpatient medical facility. This means you can go home the same day. It can be done under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. The choice depends on what would make you more comfortable. Dr. Gabbay will discuss both options with you during your consultation.
The time it takes to complete your procedure will vary depending upon your specific surgical details and whether you are having another procedure performed in conjunction. In general, a brow lift surgery generally takes 1-2 hours.
Some of the techniques offered at Gabbay Plastic Surgery include:
The Coronal Incision Technique
This common brow lift technique uses an incision most often concealed within your hairline. The incision begins above your ears and continues along the top of your scalp. In each case, the incision will be as inconspicuous as possible once it has healed. Dr. Gabbay can restructure or remove excess skin and parts of the muscles that cause frown lines. He then lifts your eyebrows to a more youthful position.
Conventional Forehead Lift
Dr. Gabbay will choose the least visible area to make the incision. An incision will be made across the forehead region to enable him to remove excess tissue before he adjusts muscles to lift your eyebrows. Excess skin will then be trimmed before your incision is sutured. Sterile gauze will be applied after the wound is closed. A bandage will be wrapped around your head following the procedure. It can be removed 1-3 days after your surgery. Sutures are typically removed within two weeks.
Limited-Incision Forehead Lift
Some limited-incision brow lift techniques can be performed without the use of an endoscope. Dr. Gabbay makes small temple incisions to adjust sagging eyebrows, and upper-eyelid incisions to improve frown lines.
The limited incision forehead lift involves a shorter incision (only 1-3 inches) within the hair-bearing area or just at the hairline. The incisions are often covered with gauze. The recovery can be quicker than a conventional coronal brow lift.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
This limited-incision technique uses a thin tube with a light on the end attached to a video camera for viewing purposes. Rather than using a long incision, the endoscope is inserted through several small incisions in your scalp. The result is minimal scarring and a shortened recovery period.
For this forehead lift, several tiny incisions are made along your scalp. Dr. Gabbay then inserts the endoscopic instrument to serve as a visual guide for the surgery. He will then lift the forehead skin and remove excess fat and muscle to produce the desired results. Temporary screws or sutures may be used as the incision is closed. After surgery, a bandage is wrapped around your head. Stitches and staples are removed within a week. Any screws will be removed after two weeks.
THE RECOVERY PROCESS
When your brow lift surgery is completed, you will be taken directly to the recovery area. You should experience minimal discomfort after a forehead lift surgery. However, if you do have any pain, this can be controlled with medication as needed. You may be permitted to go home after a few hours, although in some cases, patients stay at an aftercare facility overnight.
The Recovery Timeline
The First Day:
- You will be advised to keep your head elevated to minimize any bruising and swelling.
The First Week:
- Bandages and drains will be removed.
- Bathing and showering will be permitted.
- Swelling in the cheek and eyelid area will reach its peak and then begin to subside.
- Light activity will be allowed.
- Sleeping with your head elevated will continue to aid in the reduction of swelling.
Within Two Weeks:
- Most bruising will subside.
- Your stitches will be removed.
- You will be able to apply makeup to hide bruising and discoloration.
- Normal activities and non-strenuous work will be permitted.
After Three Weeks:
- Swelling will continue to subside.
- Numbness and itching will diminish greatly.
- Exercise may be resumed.
It is important to follow Dr. Gabbay’s advice when resuming activities following a brow lift. For most patients, the recovery time will not exceed two weeks. Still, you may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for an additional time.
Brow lift complications are rare. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a slight risk of:
- Potential infection
- Other minor complications
The results of your forehead lift will improve gradually as your swelling and bruising subside. As it does, it will reveal smoother skin and a rested appearance. To maximize your results, avoid direct sunlight throughout the entire healing process. Sufficient sunblock should be used long-term to protect your skin.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like more information about brow lift surgery, please contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We are happy to answer all of your questions and keep you fully informed. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!